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Friends of the UNC Libraries


The Friends of the University of Northern Colorado Libraries was founded on February 23, 1973. The organization has contributed to the financial welfare of the Libraries, encouraged area artists to exhibit their talents, sponsored receptions for visiting artists and speakers, and organized fundraising projects. Documentation relating to the history of Friends of the UNC Libraries and the Mari Michener Art Gallery can be found at the University Archives.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the UNC Libraries is to support and promote the significance and usefulness of the UNC Libraries across the campus and within the local community and region.

Five Purposes

  • To promote the growth and usefulness of the University Libraries.
  • To increase community interest in developing unique library resources.
  • To attract bequests and gifts of books, manuscripts, and appropriate materials.
  • To sponsor exhibits, programs, and other events.
  • To promote the significance of the University Libraries.


Board of Directors





Sheila Bolsover


Bernie Kinnick

Book Sale Coordinator

Laurie Guthmann

Mari Michener Art Gallery Coordinator

Colette Pitcher

Dean of University Libraries

Helen Reed

Libraries Liaison

Kalen May

Communications / Historian

Eve Measner

At-Large Member

Barry Rothaus

At-Large/HPLD Liaison

Mary Adams

At-Large Member

Kenneth Weaver

Past Presidents



Sheila Bolsover

2012 - present

John Dietz

2003 - 2012

Shirley Soenksen

2001 - 2003

Peggy Ford

2000 - 2001

Shirley Soenksen

1999 - 2000

Jim Riesberg

1995 - 1999

Janet Jerome

1993 - 1995

Peggy Griffith

1991 - 1993

Rhoten Smith

1989 - 1991

Rose Mary Koob

1987 - 1989

Dorothy Baker

1985 - 1987

Virginia Strong

1983 - 1985

Catherine Yoder

1981 - 1983

Susan Platz

1979 - 1981

Pauline Smillie

1977 - 1979

Vi Darst

1975 - 1977

Peggy Koplitz

1973 - 1975